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I am Gamer, hear me roar.

Confidence is hard. Even at the best of times, everyone feels selfconcious at some point or another. Us gamers might have it worse than most in that regard, since what we do isn't always immediately accepted or understood by everyone ...


My IRL friend got me the full Xenoblade 2 DLC pack for my birthday. Gotta a wait a while for the extra story content, but in the mean time I rolled this cool lady with a very peculiar understanding of what books are for.


Changing my opinion from "This game is pretty fun" to "I fucking love this" tends to come down to one really good piece of music. Case in point:


Your SHADE leveled up! HP + 7, Attack + 2, Defense + 4, Sp.Attack + 3, Sp.Defense + 2, Speed + 1! Here’s an early birthday haul.


I mentioned earlier that I was feeling a lot better lately, so let me just share a thing. Anjali Bhimani (known to us as Symmetra) maintains a Youtube channel where she basically just talks positive. Here she is with Crispin Freeman, blowing minds.


I feel that a lot of my comments in the past few days have been uncharacteristically grumpy. Which is odd, considering that I've actually been feeling a lot better lately. So here is Windmill Hills to make up for it.


Just came back from Comiccon; I scored this sweet robotic Bulbasaur! I also praised the sun in front of a Solaire who looked extremely bewildered for a half second. Events like this do make me wonder though; where áre all these people in my normal life?


I wasn't really feeling what I've seen of Kirby Star Allies so far, so I decided to get Triple Deluxe instead as a little present to myself. Planet Robobot was better, but really enjoying it so far, even if Hypernova turns Kirby into an eldritch monster.


It's a bummer that streaming has overtaken Let's Play as the game video of choice. My old favorite LPers haven't done an LP in ages, but just stream now. Better than nothing at all I guess (I miss Medibot), but an edited LP is so much better to watch.


I just realized that I forgot to wish everyone a happy New Year of Luigi last week. Whoops! So...happy New Year of Luigi, everyone! It is now the year 5 of Luigi.


Hey, Tarahumara people? I totally respect your culture and all...but try as I might, I REALLY don't see it.


Trying to get the good ending for Hollow Knight and I'm quickly falling out of love with this game. Someone liked Dark Souls a little too much, and Super Meat Boy a little too much. This has been an exercise in reading guides, backtracking, and buzzsaws.


I wouldn't blame you for forgetting about it, but Ghost of a Tale is finally out this week. Been waiting for this since 2013(!). You play as a mouse with a lute. Actually, scratch what I said. I totally blame you for forgetting about it. MOUSE WITH LUTE.


I feel like the Rivals of Aether online is filled with old Melee experts. Getting my ass beat royally. Really fun game though, Maypul is my girl.


I suck at fighting games to the point that they're often not as fun for me as they might be for other gamers. I do, however, love animation. So I figure that's good enough reason to finally still buy the current bundle. Some expertly animated games there!


Doing the dishes while my Switch is behind me farming coins from people failing to find my balloons. I've made all of them such that it LOOKS like you could get them fairly easily, but then you find it's going to require you to speedrun the stage.


Finally played some of the Mario Odyssey DLC. At first I was somewhat distraught at how many coins the new costumes were going to make me grind, but then I found that Balloon World gives ridiculous coins. And it's fun too!


One year ago today. They grow up so fast!


I'm thinking of getting back into Overwatch, but I'm worried about how much the game has changed since I played it last. Is Quickplay still fun or has the 'meta' become such a big thing that maybe I shouldn't bother? My mains were Lúcio, D.Va and Junkrat


Got Celeste beaten 100% (well, sort of). 27 hours, 6700+ deaths. Great game! Secret content spoilers and bragging in the comments.


The gods of irony smile upon me today. I'm going to have to miss my first therapy session for anxiety and fear of dangerous diseases...because I have the flu.


I thought Celeste was merely very good before, but Chapter 6 cemented it as something really special. Stay determined, all!


Anyone have any idea what this block does? I feel like I need it to get a thing, but I have no idea how or why.


Today I read pretty much the whole first Mortal Engines book, to prepare for the upcoming movie. I was told it'd be grimdark, but I was not prepared. Turns out one does not pick a favorite character in this series. Current status:


On a scale of 1 to "I didn't see this coming"...I REALLY didn't see this coming.


About ShadeOfLightone of us since 7:43 AM on 07.16.2010

The Dutch one, Grand Marshal of the Nintendo Defense Force, heckler of GajKnight, and zen personified; I am ShadeOfLight, one of your Community Managers .

I'm a Dutch law PhD who loves to play the vidya. I'm a Nintendo-fanboy at heart, and I could play Zelda games continuously from now until the end of time. I also used to be on the Cblog Recaps team for Thursdays, and I did that for 4 whole years.

Next to Zelda I'm also obsessed with the Monolith Soft RPGs Xenoblade Chronicles and the Baten Kaitos series. I will not pass up the opportunity to mention them, ever, and I consider myself to be Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean's biggest fan. I'm fairly certain Monolith Soft exists specifically to make me happy.

Being the good Nintendo fanboy that I am, the Switch is the new love of my life. I'm on a steady course of turning it into a Nintendo + Indies machine, as Miyamoto intended.

Even a list of my favorite games across all platforms will be dominated by Nintendo and indie, with a few wild cards here and there.

Besides gaming itself, I like reading up on gaming-related news on my favorite website in the whole wide world: Destructoid. I'm pretty much here all the time. I love all the people here, and I'm glad that I get to be a part of this whole thing. Wouldn't know what to do without you!

And it turns out you guys love me too!
I've had some blogs promoted:
- Digital Property: Entering the Third Age
- Better with Age: Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Waifu Wars: Midriff or Bust
- And posted as The Wombat: 2014: I want to make love to you. Seriously.

MikeyTurvey drew me as an archer:

StriderHoang made me a Trading Card:

and a Spell Card for The Wombat:

Meanderbot drew me plus himself and Pixielated drinking root beer:

RobertoPlankton drew the following scenario based on my username and avatar:

And Alphadeus wrote me a theme song:
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